Angus Nurse has published a scholarly article in The Comics Grid See No Evil, Print No Evil: The Criminalization of Free Speech in DMZ which examines contemporary notions of free speech and the criminalization of journalistic expression since 9/11.
First off, this isn't intended to be a partisan political post. I really am trying to approach this from a history/social science angle. The topic I'm addressing is already being vigorously discussed in social media, at home, in the hallways, and in the classroom. I'm writing with the hope of helping to ground the discussion in American history.
“The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
—Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country
New York Times writer Anna North has collected videos from a group of American teenagers—"a group that was diverse in as many ways as possible: geographically, politically and in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation"—answering the question "Is our country living up to its values today?".
Remember sitting in history class thinking: "If I was alive then, I would've..."? Well you are alive now. Whatever you're doing is what you would've done.
Zen Pencils never fails to provide meaningful material. In #188, Gavin has illustrated an excerpt from one of Robert F. Kennedy's most important speeches, titled ‘On the mindless menace of violence’, which Kennedy gave on April 5, 1968, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
RFK's words and the Zen Pencils illustrations would serve as a great introduction to a lesson/classroom discussion about the racial strife and animus that exploded into violence in Charlottesville this past weekend.
As school begins, the recent events in Charlottesville are sure to be on students minds. Teachers on Twitter have been sharing ideas and resources that can be used to help students understand what's been happening under the hashtag #charlottesvillecurriculum.